Installing Windows XP Pro

Toshiba Satellite l305d-s5934 notebook
June 12, 2010 at 12:49:20
Specs: Vista Home Premium with SP1 (32BIT), Intel Pentium 4/ 1.5GB
I got the above-mentioned laptop, which (expectedly) is pre-installed
with Vista. It didn't take me long to realize what a piece of garbage
Vista is, and that XP Professional is a hell of a lot better for general
computing. I tried to use my Windows XP Pro disk to boot and install
it (yes it is a full copy), but when the blue screen reads at the bottom
"Setup is starting Windows", it stops and gives a Blue Screen of
Death (email me at <mujaahid4life@gmail.com> if you would like a
photo of it, if that helps). How do I bypass this problem to install Windows XP?

PS, I need a
hand locating the device drivers for this model. Will all the system
devices (eg touchpad, webcam, dedicated media control buttons,
speakers, etc) still work with Windows XP?

PSS: CPU And RAM info listed above are incorrect. CPU is AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core mobile, RAM is 3GB SDRAM.


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#1
June 12, 2010 at 13:19:58
The first problem is that most Vista laptops started using the hard drive mode AHCI instead of IDE. This is not compatible with an XP install.

You need to check the BIOS and see if the mode can be changed to IDE or compatibility. If you can't change the mode the install will fail.

Another area that the consumer Vista laptops came out in was that there were no drivers for XP, only Vista ones. Trying to get drivers that would work was hit or miss.

Toshiba has some driver support for XP for this model.

Hopefully this will help with your project.

Richard


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#2
June 12, 2010 at 15:20:35
Why not try the windows 7 advisor and then upgrade to windows 7 pro or ultimate, looks like you have enough ram for a 32BIT OS.

That way you would be advancing and also getting a much better OS. You can get an activation key for quite a low price anymore.

Vista is the worst bloated OS since Windows ME, that's why vista got replaced real fast by windows 7.

PS: putting your e-mail address in a post gives spammers a real good shot at spamming the heck out of your account no matterhow good your spam controls are.
If you want to post a pic in a post, get a free account with photobucket or some other free picture hosts and then just add the link to your pic in your post.

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#3
June 12, 2010 at 16:27:19
@rich1949 Well, I tried to follow your instructions:
First I set the SATA to Compatibility, per your instruction:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
Next, I booted and ran the disc:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
It started to load drivers:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
but when it displayed "Setup is starting Windows", I got this:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...

Now tell me what went wrong...

BTW, I used DriverMax to back up all the drivers on this computer to CD-R, couldn't I just use that to reinstall them?


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#4
June 12, 2010 at 16:28:26
@XpUser4Real I want an operating system that is reliable, but doesn't take up
system resources the way the bigger names (Vista and 7) do.

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#5
June 14, 2010 at 15:11:45
DriverMax only backs up drivers that are in use. If the OS you were running was Vista then those are the drivers saved. They will not work for all of the XP drivers.

What version XP disk are you using, SP1, SP2 or no SP? Is this a retail or OEM disk you are using?

Richard


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#6
June 14, 2010 at 19:37:04
@rich1949 The OS currently on the computer is Vista Home
Premium Sp1; I used Drivermax to back up all the drivers it is
already using.

The XP Pro disk is a Retail copy; I got it off Ebay for ~$25.
The envelope came open but the disk was relatively new. It
even came with a Product Key free of charge to compensate
for the "open box" condition. It does not have any Service
Pack already on it; however I have already burned Service
Pack 2 to a separate CD.

Can I use these drivers? http://www.getpcmemory.com/drivers/...

Also: What does the error message displayed indicate? Finding that out would be appreciated because I'm not very good with Blue screen errors.


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#7
June 15, 2010 at 13:40:48
The error as I researched it is mainly on new systems that are not using an SP2 or SP3 install disk. The drivers included on an SP0 or SP1 are not new enough for newer hardware. There are many guides including on this site on building a slipstream disk that has the service pack on it. Check here. Trying to use a separate CD with it will not work since the files need to be on the source disk.

On the question of drivers the best choice is the manufacturer Toshiba.

Richard


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#8
June 15, 2010 at 13:52:12
'What does the error message displayed indicate? '

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

This How-To will be a real asset to you

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#9
June 15, 2010 at 17:32:46
@rich1949 After searching my CD collection out of boredom, I
think I may have found a Windows XP Pro disc that already
has SP2 on it. The problem: It is a CDR-burnt zipfile. I'm not
sure where it came from but look at these screenshots:
The zip:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
The contents of the Zip:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
The HTML document called "setupxp" when opened:
http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/...
Can I just extract these files CD-R to the hard disk and simply
drag-and-drop them to a new cd-r?

BTW I searched on Google for the error message. It is apparently caused by a SP0 disk being installed to a newer
system.


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#10
June 15, 2010 at 17:37:56
I don't think that will work. You need an ISO in order to burn a Windows System disk.

http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/win...

Then you need an ISO burner...

http://www.imgburn.com/

Then you can make your own Windows XP CD.


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#11
June 15, 2010 at 19:59:31
@ace_omega Thanks for the tip. I was actually looking to install
Xp with SP2, given the problems SP3 seems to have.

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#12
June 16, 2010 at 13:21:40
Hmm, I have SP3 on all of my computers at the Office have not had a single problem. Not sure what problems you are referring to unless you are talking about the first Release Candidate of SP3 but that has long since been updated.

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#13
June 19, 2010 at 09:41:30
@rich1949 & ace_omega OK I copied my XP cd to the
computer and integrated SP2 into it, as per these instructions(http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slip
stream.asp), as well as extract the required Boot file from the XP disc, with the aid of Isobuster. Can you suggest a freeware or free trial burning software that can make bootable CDs and is compatible with Vista? The ones listed
on this page are not. Take your time on this if you want because I need to go to Microcenter in a few days and buy some more CD-rs as I am clean out of them.

On a side note, I read on a post on the Toshiba Support forum, by a guy who has the same laptop as me, and also had trouble locating the drivers for it. Someone commented that
Toshiba Europe's downloads page has a ton of drivers for Windows XP. Using the Toshiba Europe part name for this
computer (given by this helpful someone as Satellite L300D-PSLC8E), I downloaded Atheros wireless, ATI radeon, sound, touchpad, chipset, modem (hopefully I won't actually need it to connect to the Web), and camera (totalling
approximately 377 MB). Do you think I'm missing
something before I proceed?


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#14
June 21, 2010 at 15:13:16
@rich1949 & ace_omega I found a burner that is compatible with
Vista and I have a fresh supply of CD-Rs (100 pak). Am burning
the new WinXP disc right now, will update later. Wish me luck!

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#15
June 21, 2010 at 15:37:44
@rich1949 & ace_omega Hmm... for some strange reason the
disc I made does not boot. But when you insert it into the
computer while it is running, you get prompted to run setup.exe
for the popup window "Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP".
What have I done incorrectly? I used the program Burning Mill
Express - Burning Mill Advanced; maybe if you looked through
the program itself, you could walk me through which options
have to be set/not set and what to put in fields, etc.?

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#16
June 22, 2010 at 09:10:19
@rich1949 & ace_omega Helloooo... you guys awake yet? I'm
starting to get worried something has happened to you...

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#17
June 23, 2010 at 08:10:59
Did you try...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAr6...

The other thing is did you even try ImgBurn. They have a Vista Version....

http://www.imgburn.com/

http://www.google.com/search?q=you+...


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#18
June 23, 2010 at 13:14:13
OMG I USED IMGBURN AND IT WORKED AND NOW I HAVE
XP AND NOW IM INSTALLING MY DRIVERS OMGOMGOMG
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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